A whirlwind odyssey by 90 world-class photojournalists
A venerable curse in China says, May you live in interesting times. It is hard to imagine times more interesting than April 15, 1989, when 90 of the world’s leading photojournalists fanned out from Beijing to produce a composite portrait of the world’s most populous nation. On this day, as students and workers began a seven-week occupation of Tiananmen Square, the photographers who explored the everyday life of the People’s Republic found a confluence of contradictions, a head-on collision between the past and the future. The photographs reproduced here are among the 199 in A Day in the Life of China (Collins Publishers), published this month. The Professional Photography Division of Eastman Kodak Company was a major sponsor of this project, as it was with seven previous Day in the Life events.
Patients at the Second Mental Hospital of Chongqing.
MARY ELLEN MARK
Kodak Tri-X Pan Film.